The Pirates softball team took a step in the right direction in 2016 with an appearance in the South, Group 2 sectional semi game. Here is our season review for the softball program, which finished 12-13 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot.
“We played a lot of tough teams early in the season and we struggled early, but I think because we played such a tough schedule in the beginning of the season, it really pushed us to focus on what we needed to focus on for us to turn it around towards the end of the season,” head coach Tracy Bart said.
Cinnaminson came into the season knowing it had the talent on the roster to produce a successful campaign, but it took a little while for all of it to come together.
The Pirates started 1-4 and then 2-7 before turning things around mid-season.
Coach Bart said it well after a late-season win that this team could have easily given up after the 2-7 start to the year, but the girls continued to work hard and battle each day, due largely in part to the team’s three seniors.
“They (Brooke Figiel, Olivia Pestridge and Morgan Hawk) played a huge role in our success,” Bart said. “It started over the winter with getting the girls to the winter training sessions. They did a lot of team bonding activities off the field to bring the team together.”
Wins over Westampton, Maple Shade and Florence put the Pirates at 5-7. After a loss to Delran dropped their record to 5-8, the Pirates stunned Burlington County power Bordentown 4-3 in a BCSL Tournament game to move to 6-8.
“Coming off that win against Bordentown, which we have struggled against for years, they realized we can hang with and play with anyone,” Bart said. “Especially after them beating us 10-0 the first time we played them.”
Softball advanced to the quarterfinals of the BCSL Tournament with wins over aforementioned Bordentown and Florence. The Pirates were eliminated by Burlington Township 12-0.
A second straight win and second of the year over Florence moved the Pirates to 7-8. Within one game of .500 it looked as if the Pirates were about to make a run.
Instead, softball dropped four in a row to fall to 7-12 overall, but still did not concede the season.
The five-game win streak saw the Pirates outscore their opponents 42-1.
“I think it made us really focus on things at practice to improve and get to the next level of play,” Bart said. “It’s not how you start your season, it’s how you end your season. Even though we had some losses, we had some nice wins along the way.”
The win against Overbrook moved the Pirates record to 12-12 and catapulted the team into the sectional semi game for the first time in 11 years.
When pressed about her team’s best game played this season, Bart couldn’t pick just one.
“In terms of pitching, flawless innings and hitting, our best game was the Overbrook game,” Bart said. “In terms of heart and the girls showing their true character, you have to go with the West Deptford game.”
Cinnaminson visited #1 West Deptford in the sectional semi game.
The Pirates took a one-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before the Eagles scored twice to walk off into the sectional final. The Pirates dropped that game 9-8, ending their storybook run.
The eight runs scored against West Deptford, the eventual sectional champion, were the most scored against the Eagles all season.
“We talked about the girls remembering the feeling of losing that West Deptford game,” Bart said. “I want them to remember all the hard work they put in and that we were playing for that moment.”
1st team BCSL Patriot Division
2nd team BCSL Patriot Divison
Carpenter Cup Burlco Team
All SJ senior all star team
Tomorrow we will bring you the 2016 season review for the boy’s track and field program.
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